Definition of jockey in English:


Syllabification: jock·ey
Pronunciation: /ˈjäkē

noun (plural jockeys)

  • 1A person who rides in horse races, especially as a profession.
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    • Three of them became Irish champion jockey at various times between 1840 and 1882.
    • Champion jockeys were soon riding on the Continent and in Ireland as well.
    • Camejo is currently the meet's leading apprentice jockey with 30 races won through Tuesday.
  • 1.1An enthusiast or participant in a specified activity: a car jockey
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    • ‘Song of Rufus’ is the story of schizophrenic boxcar jockey Rufus, a man who follows a trail of music only he can hear.
    • But the Scobleizer is no ordinary Windows-obsessed blog jockey.
    • Jeff Markham is a simple gas jockey with a mysterious, violent past.

verb (jockeys, jockeyed)

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  • 1Struggle by every available means to gain or achieve something: both men will be jockeying for the two top jobs
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    • We hear endlessly this talk of a power struggle, different factions jockeying for position.
    • Hands in pockets, they stand around jostling, jockeying for place, small fights breaking out and calming.
    • Over 170,000 have voted since the poll began on Sunday 20 October and competition is intense with the ten contenders jockeying for position.
    maneuver, ease, edge, work, steer; compete, contend, vie; struggle, fight, scramble, jostle
  • 1.1 [with object] Handle or manipulate (someone or something) in a skillful manner: Jason jockeyed his machine into a dive
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    • He's diminutive enough to jockey a horse, but he's tough enough to wear down a defense.
    • It is a competition where the elite use personal connections to jockey their cronies into key positions and thus win power and influence.
    • It went down like this: In mid-January Darren was jockeying the phones at Atlantic Records on a weeklong temp assignment.



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  • And if the proposed Scottish academy offers a professorship of all-weather jockeyship, only one Scot should be considered for the post.
  • Even for a good cause, celebrity jockeyship doesn't bear thinking about.
  • With three such talents plus McCoy and Tony Dobbin on this side of the water, Irish jockeyship is in good health.


late 16th century: diminutive of Jock 'ordinary man; a rustic', Scots form of the given name Jack. The word came to mean 'mounted courier', hence the current sense (late 17th cent). Another early use 'horse dealer' (long a byword for dishonesty) probably gave rise to the verb sense 'manipulate', whereas the main verb sense probably relates to the behavior of jockeys maneuvering for an advantageous position during a race.

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